Definition of overawe verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

overawe

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈɔ//
 
[usually passive]overawe somebodyVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overawe
 
he / she / it overawes
 
past simple overawed
 
-ing form overawing
 
 
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to impress someone so much that they feel nervous or frightened The younger players were overawed by the occasion and played badly.
 
adjective He's mature for his age and he's not overawed.
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